|pA former secretary for a Hudson Valley law firm has been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for stealing nearly $700,000 from her employer over a seven-year span.
Mary Merten of New Paltz was sentenced Tuesday in Ulster County Court to 4 1/3 years to 13 years and also ordered to pay more than $600,000 to the Kingston law firm where she was employed as a confidential secretary. /ppThe judge who sentenced the 44-year-old Merten noted that her thefts forced one of the victims out of retirement and looted a child's college savings. /ppShe pleaded guilty earlier this year to embezzling from the law firm of Riseley and Moriello. /ppThe $625,000 she was ordered to repay to her victims was the amount agreed to during a restitution hearing.